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Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary January 14, 2019

Barbara (Childs) and Rick Gerz recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They attended a Christmas show at American Music Theatre and then enjoyed a dinner hosted by their children at a local restaurant.

The couple was married on Dec. 28, 1968, at St. Philip's Church, Millersville.

Barbara and Rick are the parents of Melissa, wife of Chris Dissinger, Lancaster; Michelle, wife of Dan Kerns, Bethlehem; and Matthew, fiance of April Hartman, Maytown. They are the grandparents of Matthew, Andrew, Tyler, Nicholas, Chase, and Mia.


Couple Marks 70th Anniversary January 11, 2019

Harold and Mary Keener of Mount Joy celebrated their 70th anniversary on Dec. 27 with family and friends at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. After a time of food and fellowship, the couple's children and their spouses, also with several great-grandchildren, presented musical selections. There was a time of sharing by family members, which included stories from childhood, reflections on the farm history leading into the Keener potato business, and acknowledgments of God's faithfulness.

They were married on Dec. 15, 1948, at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by the Rev. Noah Risser.

Mr. and Mrs. Keener are the parents of Herb Keener, husband of Barb, Columbia; Carolyn Hoover, wife of Leon, Fresno, Calif.; Joyce Weaver, wife of Nelson, New Holland; Steve Keener, husband of Marilyn, Mount Joy; Willy Keener, husband of Barb, Elizabethtown; Jeff Keener, husband of Cathy, Mount Joy; Kathy Shantz, wife of Stan, Lancaster; and Julie Newman, wife of Pete, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. They have 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Keener is retired from Harold Keener and Sons Potatoes of Mount Joy. Mrs. Keener was a homemaker.

Mr. and Mrs. Keener attend Elizabethtown Mennonite Church.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary January 3, 2019

Dennis and Beverly Rothrock of Dover celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 14, 2018, with a weeklong family cruise to Bermuda.

They were married on Nov. 9, 1968, at Ridge Avenue United Methodist Church in York by the Rev. Brown.

The Rothrocks are the parents of Nathan Rothrock, Douglas Rothrock, and Kenneth Rothrock, all of Dover. They have seven grandchildren.

Mr. Rothrock is employed by Heritage Lawn and Landscape Care Inc. in Dover. Mrs. Rothrock is employed by York County Judicial Center in York and is retired from Dover Area School District.

The couple attends New Creation Community Church in Dover.


Zechmans Celebrate 60th Anniversary November 24, 2018

Richard and Eleanor Zechman of Elizabethtown celebrated their 60th anniversary on Nov. 22. They celebrated with their children and their families. The Zechmans were married on Nov. 22, 1958, at Olivet Presbyterian Church in Reading.

They have two children: Vicki Arendt of Elizabethtown and Scott Zechman of Elizabethtown. They have three grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Zechman are both retired. They are members of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown.


Hesses Celebrate 60th Anniversary October 31, 2018

J. Wilbur and Barbara Graybill Hess of Manheim celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Nov. 1. They were married on Nov. 1, 1958, at East Fairview Church of the Brethren in Manheim. Their anniversary celebration included a family dinner.

The couple has three sons: Mike, husband of Denise Witmer; Rick, husband of Jane Bechtel; and Kevin, husband of Gerry Boll. They have six grandchildren: Brad, husband of Liz Landis; Josh; Elizabeth; Karli; Mitch; and Austin Hess.

Wilbur is retired from farming and Penn Township. Barbara is retired from Lititz Family Medicine.


Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary October 17, 2018

Bob and Judy Lease of York celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 18. The couple was married on Oct. 18, 1968, in St. Mary's Church in York.

Bob and Judy celebrated their anniversary during an October weekend trip Washington, D.C., where they visited the White House and museums. They are planning a Mississippi River cruise in the spring. Bob and Judy have visited all seven contintents and 40 of the U.S. states during the past few years.

Bob and Judy have three children: David of Emmaus, Michael of Lititz, and Jennifer of Hellam. They have six grandchildren: Rebecca, Alex, Nate, Jon, Zac, and Charlotte.


Erbs Celebrate 50th Anniversary October 5, 2018

Jim and Joan Erb of Manheim celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 6 with their children and grandchildren. They were married on Oct. 6, 1968.

The couple has three daughters: Richelle, wife of Kevin Kegarise, Manheim; Stacy, wife of Ryan Geesaman, Lititz; and Stephanie, wife of Jonathan Taylor, Lititz. They also have eight grandchildren.

Jim has worked as an electrician for Leo Cob Inc. in Elizabethtown for 40 years. Joan has worked as a licensed practical nurse for Family Medicine Manheim for 30 years.


Ryans Mark 50th Anniversary October 3, 2018

Michael and Lynne Hockenbrocht Ryan of Red Lion recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The couple's sons and their families treated them to a luncheon at John Wright Restaurant and a trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland.

They were married on Aug. 24, 1968, at Bethany United Methodist Church by the Rev. Edward Yarnell.

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan are the parents of Sean, husband of Stacy Lindsey Ryan of Windsor, and Casey, husband of Michelle Nauman Ryan of York. They have six grandchildren.

Mr. Ryan retired from Verizon (York Tel and Tel/GTE) after 35 years of service. Now retired, Mrs. Ryan was a teacher in the York Suburban School District and also worked for the Area Agency on Aging as protective services supervisor.

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan attend Living Word Community Church in Red Lion.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary October 3, 2018

Joseph and Mary Anne Weiss of Mountville celebrated their 60th anniversary on Sept. 29 with a celebration dinner with their children and other family members at Fireside Tavern in Strasburg.

They were married on Oct. 4, 1958, at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Lancaster.

They are the parents of Joe, husband of Kris, of Lancaster; Chris, wife of Gene, of Jacobus; and Bob, husband of Ginger, of Mountville. There are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Joe retired from the U.S. Army in 1985 and is retired from Weiss Cleaners. Mary Anne is retired.


Ruhls Celebrate 50th Anniversary September 27, 2018

Harvey and Miriam Ruhl of Mount Joy celebrated their 50th anniversary with a gathering of friends and family at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church on Aug. 26. They were married on Aug. 24, 1968, at Rohrerstown Church by Bishop Raymond Charles.

They are the parents of Louise, wife of Ken Shultz of Lancaster, and Denise, wife of Patrick Strausbaugh of Mount Joy. They have four grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Ruhl are retired dairy farmers. Mrs. Ruhl sells Stanley Home Products and Fuller Brush.


Couple Marks 70th Anniversary September 7, 2018

James and Wilda Drake of Lancaster celebrated their 70th anniversary on Sept. 11.

They were married on Sept. 11, 1948, at Rockhill Church of the Brethren in Rockhill by pastor Myrl Weyant.

Mr. and Mrs. Drake are the parents of Shirley, wife of Dennis Bushong, of Lancaster; Judy, wife of Gary Bowser, of York; and the late Rowena Rowe. They have five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Drake served in the U.S. Army in Panama during World War II. He retired from Armstrong World Industries. He previously worked at High Steele Industries, Lancaster Malleable Castings, Moore's Chicks, Georgia Pacific, and as a farmer.

Mrs. Drake graduated from Saltillo High School. She worked as a hairdresser, as well as for Hamilton Watch and Hubley's Toys, and served as a nurse's aide at the former St. Joseph's Hospital.

The couple attends Hempfield Church of the Brethren.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary September 6, 2018

Terry and Joyce Hornberger Gehman celebrated their 50th anniversary on Aug. 25 at a surprise drop-in party at Greenfield Inn in Lancaster. The party was hosted by the couple's daughters and their families.

Terry and Joyce met in 1963 at a dance at the Ephrata Rec Center while Terry was playing in a band. Joyce asked him to dance during one of his breaks.

The Gehmans were married at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Holy Trinity in Ephrata by the Rev. Franklin Patschke and the Rev. David Ebersole on Aug. 25, 1968.

They have two daughters, Angela, wife of Tom Berkosky of Gilbertsville, and Lisa, wife of Geoffrey Schreibeis of Abingdon, Md.

Terry was a professional musician at an early age. He graduated from Ephrata High School in 1965 and Lebanon Valley College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in music education. He taught for 33 years in the Conestoga Valley School District. He and Joyce also operated a music production company, Anjoli Productions, for 35 years, booking entertainment throughout the Northeast.

Joyce graduated from Ephrata High School in 1966. She then graduated from Judy Greenwood Modeling School and was a professional freelance model most of her life. She was also a stay-at-home mom and much later in life retired from Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, Hellers, in Leola as a church secretary.

Terry and Joyce love traveling in their RV. They have visited all 50 states and have traveled extensively in Europe on river cruises, as well as taking ocean cruises.


Couple Marks 60th Anniversary August 31, 2018

The Rev. Wayne and Mary Lou Lawton of Elizabethtown celebrated their 60th anninversary in August with a special family dinner at Camp Hebron in Halifax.

They were married on Sept. 4, 1958, in Aurora, Colo. The Rev. and Mrs. Lawton are the parents of Miriam Nissley and Ruth Stewart. They have 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Lawton is retired from licensed child care. The Rev. Lawton is the pastor of Cedar Hill Church in Elizabethtown.


Neffs Celebrate 50th Anniversary August 22, 2018

Dale and Bonita Goheen Neff recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a party held by family and friends on Aug. 18. They were married on Aug. 3, 1968, at Lebanon Lutheran Church near Felton.

The couple has a son, Trevor Neff.

Both graduated from Red Lion High School, where they met. They live in Dallastown. They have been singing gospel music for 49 years and currently sing with Greatly Blessed, a Southern gospel music group.

Bonnie works at Sam's Club and Better Hearing. Dale coaches baseball. He coached at Penn State for 10 years as an assistant and has also coached with Jacobus Baseball Club in the Susquehanna League.

The couple attends church at the Windsor Church of God.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary August 14, 2018

High school sweethearts Robert "Bob" Lawrence and Tamalyn "Tami" Jo Heim of Willow Street celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 10. They were married on June 10, 1978, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Auburn.

Bob is a 1978 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after a 23-year Air Force career as a B-52 instructor pilot, and currently he serves as a Southwest Airlines captain.

Tami is a 1980 graduate of Texas Tech University and earned the rank of captain in the Air Force as an executive officer. She has been a stay-at-home wife and mother for more than 30 years.

The Heims have four children: Bobbi Garrett, wife of Steve of Willow Street; Joshua, husband of Kari of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Kendralyn, wife of Josh of Spring Hill, Tenn.; and Rebekah, wife of Nathaniel of Neffsville. They have eight grandchildren and another one due in September.

The Heims are members of Calvary Church. Bob and Tami each have a Master of Arts in religion from Liberty University, and the couple plans to rejuvenate a marriage ministry.

Bob and Tami celebrated their anniversary with an all-inclusive family dinner. They also plan to travel to Washington state in the fall.


Couple Marks 70th Anniversary June 22, 2018

Austin and Mary Houck Lammey of Elverson celebrated their 70th anniversary on June 17 with a celebration with their family at their home.

They were married on June 13, 1948, at Mount Carmel Methodist Church near Elverson by the Rev. Robert Pike and the Rev. William Shelton.

Mr. and Mrs. Lammey are the parents of Ronald Lammey, Randall Lammey, and Curtis Lammey, all of Elverson. They have five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Lammey are both retired from Lammey's General Store in Elverson. The couple attends Goodwill United Methodist Church in Elverson.


La Academia Marks 20 Years June 20, 2018

La Academia: The Partnership Charter School commemorated its 20th anniversary with a celebration party at Mulberry Art Studios on June 1. Aida Ceara, board president, thanked the community for its support of the school.

La Academia will continue its dedication and commitment to serving Lancaster County youths as it recently received a five-year re-charter from the School District of Lancaster. It was a unanimous vote from the School District of Lancaster's school board on May 22.

The school's mission is being strategically refined as well as it envisions for its next 20 years and beyond. La Academia has formed a partnership with the Lancaster County STEM Alliance to create a foundation to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school for students in grades six through 12.

La Academia is the only brick and mortar charter school in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The school has an enrollment of 200 students and was founded with the help of several local community organizations that partnered together to get the school its first charter. The school offers a small individualized program for students in Lancaster County from area school districts. For more information, readers may visit or search for "La Academia: The Partnership Charter School" on Facebook.


Couple Marks 65th Anniversary June 20, 2018

James "Jim" and Dorothy "Dottie" Prescott Kuntzelman of Lancaster celebrated their 65th anniversary on June 7. A family celebration will be held in the summer.

The Kuntzelmans were married on June 7, 1953, at Bainbridge Church of God in Bainbridge by the Rev. John Weaver.

They are the parents of Patricia Miller of Webster, N.Y.; Julia Heisey of Timisoara, Romania; Susan Howard of Millville, N.J.; and Edward Kuntzelman of Mount Joy. There are 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

The couple worships at Faith Baptist Church in Lebanon.

Jim is retired from Elizabethtown Creamery and Oregon Dairy.


Couple Marks 50th Anniversary June 15, 2018

Sam and Joyce Carroll of Palmyra celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 1 with a surprise party hosted by their children. Family and friends were in attendance. The Carrolls were presented with a trip to Mackinac Island.

The couple was married on June 1, 1968 at Ironville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Harold Ulmer.

They are the parents of Catherine Groff of Palmyra, Cynthia Brubaker of Palmyra, and Samuel Carroll of Elizabethtown. There are four grandchildren.

The couple worships at First Evangelical Congregational Church in Palmyra.

Sam is retired, but still works part time at Miller-Bixler Auto Parts in Palmyra. Joyce is retired.


Couple Marks 40th Anniversary June 11, 2018

James "Jim" and Sue Rohrer of Manheim celebrated their 40th anniversary on June 10. They plan to take their family on a cruise of the Mediterranean and a tour of Rome, Italy.

The Rohrers were married on June 10, 1978, at Westminster Presbyterian in Lancaster by the Rev. Wilbur Siddons.

They are the parents of Briana Baum, wife of Nate, York; Brittany Nolt, wife of Cameron, Mount Joy; and James Austin, Manheim. There are two grandchildren.

The couple worships at Manheim Brethren in Christ Church in Manheim.

Jim is retired from FLSmidth and Rohrer's Body Shop, both in Manheim.

Sue is employed part time by Lititz Rec Center in Lititz. She also worked as a wellness director and aquatic director in the past.

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